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the fingerprints were in the truck. new evidence tying the suspect in the berlin terror attack to the crime scene. >> stepping on the president of the united states, donald trump pressures the white house to change u.s. policy toward israel. >> and aleppo under control. the syrian regime says the city has been reclaimed from the rebels. supporters celebrate in the streets. >> live from cnn world headquarters in atlanta, welcome to our viewers here in the united states and around the world. i'm george howell. >> and i'm natalie allen and this is "cnn newsroom." ♪ it is 3:00 a.m. on the u.s. east coast. first to germany where police there may have broken up yet another terror plot just days
after the deadly attack monday at a christmas market that happen in berlin. authorities arrested two brothers near the city of essen. the two originally from kosovo, suspecting of planning attacks in europe's largest shopping mall. it is not clear if the plot is linked to the tragedy in berlin. >> officials investigating that attack say they've found more evidence involving the main suspect, fingerprints belonger to amri were found in the truck used to plow through the crowd canned market. here is erin mclaughlin with more. >> chilling new video of the moment a 25 metric ton truck plowed into a berlin christmas market monday night. this as we're learning german authorities knew in advance that amri, the prime suspect in the attack, was a potentially dangerous man. amri spoke several times about committing attacks in germany. according to investigative records shared with cnn. german officials issuing a
formal arrest warrant for europe's most wanted man as new evidence points to the 24-year-old tunisia as the man behind the wheel of the truck. >> translator: we were able to find fingerprints outside of the door of the truck and inside, and our investigation makes us assume that amri did drive the truck. >> a desperate manhunt for amri and possibly more suspects has let investigators on raise across germany and as far north as coastal denmark. intelligence revelations increasing the political pleasure on chancellor merkel, germany joining france and belgium whose intelligence services failed to stop known security risks from carrying out attacks, this as we learn more about the suspect. in a radio interview, amri's father said it has been years since he saw his son.
>> translator: it has been about seven years since he left home. i have not spoken to him directly for that long. i do not even have his cellphone. >> reporter: but he has kept tram of amri, revealing his son was imprisoned in 2011, convicted of assault and arson. he was released in may 2015. italian authorities tried to deport him, but tunisia turned him away. two years later he crossed the border to germany. in his hometown a man claiming to be a friend said he can't believe he is a terrorist. >> translator: he is a normal guy who fled despair in search of a better life. >> erin mclaughlin in berlin for us. joined by chris burns, he is on the story. chris, first of all, people that knew him talking about annis amri, the question is where could he be now? is there any idea whether he is close by or he has fled? >> reporter: natalie, that is a very, very big question. just as you saw in that report,
he slipped through the cracks of german investigators. in fact, the berliners have quite a -- let's, shall we say, a taste for irony. this says, the gaps at the very top. it shows the gaps between the concrete blocks behind me here guarding the christmas market that was attacked, but it also talks about the gaps in the police investigation, and among the security agencies there are some 40 police security agencies spread across 16 states in germany. they're not all talking to each other as they should be. now, of course, there is a manhunt going on with hundreds of german police busting down doors, going into different apartments and buildings, looking for anis amri. they have not found him yet but the search goes on, natalie. >> what about his reported ties, chris, to isis? >> reporter: yes, the tie is to a group led by a blind hate
preacher called abu walla. this is an organization that trains, recruits, even prosigoe among groups, they have boot camps, they go hiking and backpacking for ten miles. one of the trainers was a serb general training them to become battle-hardened recruits to wage attacks. we know through these nearly 350 pages of german intelligence files attained by cnn that abu -- sorry, that anis amri said he wanted to become a suicide bomber. why wasn't he arrested? well, it was believed that he was not very serious about it. they didn't take him as being a big fish, so they didn't go after him as they should have. natalie. >> and we know that police have made arrests of two people that might have been planning an attack. what can you tell us about them, and do we know if these were coordinated attacks that they were planning with amri?
>> reporter: yeah, police aren't -- yes, police are not connecting these guys with amri, so far anyway. they are two kosovar brothers, 28 and 31 years old, living in germany. they were arrested in duseberg near essen, not far from oberhausen, not far from where the mall and christmas market are. that's all police are saying. they sent police to that area to make sure nothing happened, but that's about it. we don't know what kind of attack that would have been, but it is very troubling. keep in mind in kosovo war which i covered for cnn back in '99, there were a lot of refugees, hundreds of thousands that came to germany back then and these kids have grown up. natalie. >> chris burns for us in berlin. thank you, chris. >> now to australia. police say they have broken up a terrorist attack possibly planned for around christmas day in melbourne. the targets were apparently the
flinder street railway station and st. paul's cathedral. >> seven people were arrested although two were released without charge. police said isis inspired the plot. >> let me reinforce this is a significant disruption of what we would describe as an imminent terrorist event in melbourne, victoria. community safety always will be the number one priority for our law enforcement agencies and we acted as soon as possible with the best evidence and the best material and the best intelligence available to us to make sure the community safety was being protected. in october two teenagers allegedly linked to isis were charged with planning an attack as well. to a situation that seems unprecedented, the u.s. president-elect donald trump jumping into the israeli/palestinian conflict even though he has not been sworn into the oval office. >> this is one of the most complicated foreign policy issues for any leader, and on friday he publicly challenged current president obama by working to stop a u.n. vote.
here is elise labott with more about it. >> reporter: a dispute over peace, politics and the role of the u.s. presidency may be coming to a head at the united nations. just hours before the security council was set to vote for a resolution calling for israel to stop building settlements, the ballot was abruptly cut off, averting a potential clash between the current and future u.s. presidents over u.s. relations with israel. >> we'll have to wait and see what the results of those consultations are, to see if the text moves forward. >> reporter: the resolution demands israel, quote, immediately and completely cease all settlement activities, calling it a flagrant violation under international law. cnn has learned that president obama was prepared to let the resolution pass, either by abstaining or voting in favor of it. the u.s. has traditionally seen jewish settlements in areas controlled by palestinians as an obstacle to peace process but it has never gone so far in a u.n.
vote. the move today would have been seen by many as a provocation, a parting shot at israel's prime minister with whom president obama has strained ties. around 3:00 a.m. netanyahu took to twitter writing in english and appealing for u.s. veto. before the white house could announce support for the resolution, president-elect trump sent out this saying peace needs to be negotiated not through the imposition of terms through the united nations. cnn is told the israeli government reached out to trump to weigh in after failing to persuade washington to cancel the vote. egyptian president whose country offered the resolution put the vote on hold after a call from trump. today grat tut from israeli ambassador who tweeted, israel, quote, deeply appreciates the clear and unequivocal call by trump. >> the united nations is not a friend of democracy.
>> trump's statement again appeared to signal hills desire to shift u.s./israel relations. during elections he said he would move the u.s. embassy to jerusalem and denounced the -- >> this has to be a deal between the palestinians and israelis. >> i would love to be neutral if it is possible. it is probably not possible because there's so much hatred. there's so much going on. >> israeli officials argued by allowing the resolution to go through at the united nations president obama would be tying donald trump's hands once he takes hands to negotiate what the president-elect has called the ultimate deal between israelis and palestinians. elise labott, cnn, the state department. joining now to talk more about the president-elect donald trump is larry sabato, director of the center for politics at the university of virginia. larry, good to have you with us. so, look, it is unusual to see a president-elect reach out to
foreign governments to influence u.s. policy all the while making a move that is at odds with the current administration. have you ever seen anything like this before? >> this is not completely unprecedented, but it is extraordinary. the only example i could think of that has any parallel was back in 1968 when richard nixon, the candidate for president and then president-elect richard nixon had a back channel to south vietnam, trying to urge the anti-communist south vietnamese not to settle with the outgoing administration of lyndon johnson because they would get a better deal under a president nixon. but this is really the kind of thing that -- that makes you wonder about what's coming. we used to have a phrase, there's only one president at a time, and that used to operate during the transition, but apparently in the case of mr. trump it does not. >> and on trump's transition
team it was indicated that they did give the white house a heads-up about this. but, again, making a move that is at odds with the current administration. i want to talk also, larry, about tariffs. donald trump talked a lot about that on the campaign trail, and now it seems his team is discussing, you know, the possibility of a 10% tariff on u.s. imports, apparently considering it as an executive action or going through congress. is this something that you believe establishment republicans would stand up to donald trump on this? >> absolutely. if it goes through congress. if it is an executive action, i'm sure it will be challenged in the courts but it will probably take a long time to resolve it. but if it goes to congress i think you can expect people like speaker paul ryan and senate majority leader mitch mcconnell to oppose the idea. they are long-time, established free traders. in fact, most of the republican members of the house and the senate have long supported free trade. so i would be shocked if they
went along with tariffs. let's talk here about trump's campaign promise to drain the swamp. earlier this week the former house speaker newt gingrich said that donald trump didn't want to use that phrase anymore, drain the swamp, but take a listen to what he is saying now, larry. we can talk about it here in a moment. >> i want to report that i made a big boo-boo. i talked this morning with president-elect donald trump and he reminded me, he likes draining the swamp. i mischaracterized it the other day. he intends to drain the swamp. he even describes it as dts. >> newt gingrich saying that he made a boo-boo? >> i never heard him admit that before. he doesn't often admit mistakes at all, but that phrase made a big boo-boo will be with him a long time. clearly donald trump, president-elect trump resented what gingrich said because it suggested that trump would be going back on one of his major
campaign themes. draining the swamp, whatever that really means, i guess, you know, forcing the lobbyists out of the system and that kind of thing. the truth is if you want to staff an administration you need experienced people and people who understand how washington works, and donald trump will end up having his fair share of precisely those sorts of people. >> and that's the question though, you know. during the campaign trump promised to drain the swamp, but, you know, the question is his supporters, do they support, you know, what he is doing right now, bringing in people who are certainly washington insiders by many regards? i also want to talk about this. here is some video we can play here to show this. ivanka trump and her family on a jetblue flight. you see her here in the middle. they were reportedly recognized and then harassed by another passenger. here is the question. do you see this sort of thing happening more and more, this ugliness? is that going to go away any
time soon from the trump side and also from the people who lost this election, the supporters? >> tragically, this campaign and the aftermath of the campaign has added to the political polarization and divisiveness in the country. as a result, i really don't see it fading any time soon. the incivility that we are seeing in cases like this, and it is an outrage, you don't want to verbally attack the daughter of the president-elect in that fashion, but there's been plenty of incivility on the trump side too aimed at clinton supporters. just go on twitter if you doubt that. this kind of incivility is going to continue, and there has been very little graciousness on both sides, although president-elect trump and president obama have set a pretty good example of cooperation. larry sabato, the director of the center for politics at the university of virginia. larry, thank you so much for being with us. >> thank you, george.
all right. the back and forth continues. the obama administration is making its last moves before trump takes office in january. it plans to close a dorm ant program once used to track mostly arab and muslim men in the u.s., and many see that as a response to trump's previous proposal to institute a ban on muslims entering the u.s. the national security entry/exit gistration system was create canned after the 9/11 attacks under then-president george w. bush. the program was suspended in 2011 after failing to result in a single terrorism conviction in nearly a decade. still ahead here on news room, syrians in aleppo cheer the end of fighting in their city. >> but there's a warning as rebel forces move out and government troops move in. ♪ dit score must be amazing. my credit score? credit karma. it's free. that's great! um hm. just whip bam boom, it's done. that apartment is mine!
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♪ welcome back to "cnn newsroom." for many years now we have been covering the bloodish, hellish battle in aleppo. that battle is officially now over. the last syrian rebels and civilians fled the city thursday in a convoy of vehicle, many of them headed to the west where they could still face the danger
of renewed fighting. >> soon after they pulled out of aleppo government forces moved in to reclaim what is left of the neighborhoods of eastern aleppo. cnn's mohamad l, la has more on the major milestone in the syrian civil war sna there's no question this is a decisive moment in this civil war, prapts one of the most significant moments, a turning point since this war began five years ago. syrian state television breaking into regular program to announce, quote, they have liberated eastern aleppo from all armed terrorist groups. that is confirmed by rebel negotiators on the ground who say all armed groups, civilian and rebel fighters have been evacuated from that part of the city. syria's state broadcaster showed images of people celebrating in the street and waving flags. for the assad government it was a decisive victory. it means that the city of
aaleppo is no longer divided by the western and eastern sides which were held by the rebels since they occupied since early 2012. the loss to the rebels can't be underestimated. the eastern part of aleppo was the command center for so many years, they coordinated operations out of there, had a local network of activists on the ground who communicated across the country and around the world. that base is no longer there, the city is no longer divided. syria's assad controls that city. in fact, the armed forces control all of the major cities for the first time since the civil war began. something that many thought was unthinkable when the revolution got under way. even more is the fact that syria's president bashar al assad may out last president barack obama. this was unthinkable just a few months or years ago. the question asked now is what
happens to the revolution. we know the fighters evacuated from been taken to the aleppo countryside. the problem with that province is there are other groups already there. there's a strong isis presence there, a strong presence of al-nusra, which is an al qaeda affiliate there. the problem is these groups have been fighting each other for the last several years, so it remains to be seen how stable that province will be, if they will be able to unify ranks somehow or continue fighting. once again, all of eastern aleppo now belongs to the syrian government, and the syrian government is celebrating it as a major victory. mohamad lila, cnn from the turkish border. >> 600 kilometers or 370 miles east of aleppo iraqui forces continue to wage a major military campaign to retake mosul from isis. >> on thursday the iraqi air force dropped four million letters over the city. they were personal messages from
other iraquis urging the people of mosul to keep the faith as the iraqui military advances on that city. >> as it advances the people of mosul find themselves also in dangerous limbo between war and peace just like the people in aleppo. >> indeed, cnn's ben wedeman takes us into one neighborhood soon after it was liberated with this story. >> reporter: this family returned today to find their home in shambles. a missile landed outside their house in the eastern mosul district of they had fled two weeks before. i asked her how she react when she walked through the door. >> translator: put yourself in my place, she responds, struggling to hold back tears. >> reporter: the front line is just a rocket's throw away, but her husband mohamad is stoic about the risks. here there's danger, on the other side there's danger, he says, all mosul is enflamed.
if we die here, this is our place, it is god's will. those who stayed home while the battle raged around them have no regrets. we hung on because we knew the displaced camps are uninhabitable says a teacher. we accepted either we die in our homes or we make it out alive. there's an odd feel here. soldiers in humvees and the occasional crackle of gun fire. while seemingly care free children wander in the street. unlike previous battles in iraq, this time the iraqui government told inhabitants to stay in their homes if they felt safe. by doing that they prevented a flood of people leaving the city, but the problem is the city as the battle goes on is still full of civilians. general concedes the presence of
civilians has slowed down the offensive, but insists iraqui troops are still ahead of schedule. the battle for the city will almost certainly go on for months. with its residence perilously close to or directly in the line of fire. ben wedeman, cnn in eastern mosul. >> yeah, what more can you say? how many more terrifying images of innocent children? we'll keep you posted on that fight there, mosul. we turn back to donald trump, and critics have certainly attacked his friendliness with russia. >> but that script has flipped overnight as concerns grow about the u.s. president-elect igniting a cold war arms race over twitter. we'll have that story. live from atlanta to our viewers here in the united states and around the world this hour, you're watching "cnn newsroom." ♪
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comcast business. built for business. ♪ welcome back to viewers here in the u.s. and around the worl. you're watching "cnn newsroom." i'm natalie allen. >> i'm george howell. germany says there is more evidence anis amri was behind monday's terror attack in berlin. the manhunt continues for him, whose fingerprints were found on the track used in the massacre. 12 people were killed in the attack at a christmas market. >> the united nations security council delayed a vote on a resolution demanding end to israeli settlement in palestinian territories. president-elect trump called
egypt's president and persuaded him to put off the vote. >> deutsche bank has agreed to $7.2 billion settlement with the united states government. germany's biggest lender was accused of packaging toxic mortgages between the years of 2005 and 2007. the u.s. government was asking for a $14 billion settlement just a few months ago. donald trump tweeted another bombshell thursday, this time quite literally. he suggested it was time for the u.s. to expand its nuclear arsenal. >> got to love those 140 characters on twitter. and that recent statement, that statement out from russia. they're also raising the specter of a cold war arms race. pent gom correspondent barbara starr has more for us. >> reporter: did vladimir putin and donald trump just have their first nuclear standoff? today russia's president vowing more nuclear weapons are needed. >> translator: we need to strengthen the military
potential of strategic nuclear forces, especially with missile complexes that can reliably penetrate any existing and prospective missile defense systems. >> reporter: a clear shot at u.s. defense plans in europe, something russia believes is a threat. within hours president-elect trump tweeted, quote, the united states must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes. the $2 raising the specter of an arms race renewed. donald trump, briefed just yesterday by senior air force officers on the need to modernize the aging nuclear infrastructure. during the second presidential debate, a hint of his thinking. >> russia is new in terms of nuclear, we are old. we're tired, we're exhausted in terms of nuclear. a very bad thing. >> reporter: nuclear weapons are limited by treaty.
today russia has 7300 war heads, the u.s. just over 6900. the obama administration gave up on the idea of a u.s. pledge for no first use of nuclear weapons, worried the idea could 'em bolden russia and china. u.s. dismantling of its own nuclear arsenal slowed in recent years. putin's nuclear vow came as he boasted of russian military superiority after a year which saw russian hacking of the democratic national committee, sustained air straks in syria and continued occupation of crimea. >> translator: today we are stronger than any potential aggressor. i repeat, any aggressor. >> reporter: the trump transition team later issued a statement saying the president-elect was really referring to nuclear proliferation, trying to make sure nuclear weapons are kept out of the hands of terrorists
and rogue nations, but it is still not entirely clear can whether mr. trump supports more nuclear weapons. barbara starr, cnn, the pentagon. >> barbara starr, thank you. let's go to mathew chen standing by live for us this hour. matthew, good to have you with us. let's talk about the two super powers who in the past committed to the idea of reducing nuclear arsenals, setting the leading example for the rest of the world. now these latest comments from the russian president and this tweet from the incoming u.s. president-elect make it seems like the arms race could be back on. what's the read there in moscow from all of this? >> reporter: well, i mean it is a very different situation to the cold war between the two super powers of the soviet union and the united states. i mean russia is no longer in that category. it still has nuclear weapons but it doesn't have a global reach in the same way that the soviet
union had, and it is not ideologically opposed in the same way it was during the cold war to the west and the united states. but, you know, you're right. donald trump has been going on about this for a while throughout his campaign as well, how the united states needs to further modernize its arsenal of nuclear weapons. what the russian concern is, is that as anti-ballistic missile defenses are finalized and are improved on the part of nato and the united states in particular, that can have an impact on its own nuclear deterrence. even though the united states and nato insist that their anti-ballistic missile defenses are not aimed at russia, that's not something that's ever been fully accepted by moscow. they believe at a future point those anti-missile defenses could be turned on russia's nuclear tee ternt. so they want to make sure that their nuclear deterrent, which is the center piece of russia's military power, is not neutralized by these other defenses and can avoid missile
defenses. and so, you know, it seems like both countries now are talking about further modernizing their nuclear arsenals. you know what? there's a good argument for that. i mean we would rather have, wouldn't we, modern nuclear weapons than old rusty ones, as it were. so, you know, it is not necessarily the first step towards -- another steps towards armageddon that it may have been during the cold war. >> matthew, it is nice as you pointed out from the perspective, just giving that nuance, important nuance to point out these two nations, the soviet union and united states were die metrically opposed to one another ideologically. so not the same difference there, but, again, these two nations do have differences and when these types of things flare up it causes a great deal of concern and question. i also want to talk about vladimir putin. he is set to hold his annual news conference, and as we have seen in the past the topics he's willing to discuss, they can be wide ranging. are the people in the audience
though able to ask can any questions they want? that's question one. and, two, matthew, which topics do you expect to come up? >> reporter: well, in terms of the first question, i mean to a very large extent this set piece event that vladimir putin has now done on 12 previous -- i think it is his 12th occasion he has done it, they are highly choreographed. that means that some of the questions will be planted by journalists, by the kremlin and journalists sympathetic towards them. but that doesn't mean that some other journalists can't get in questions that perhaps vladimir putin was not entirely prepared for. i mean he is a very well-briefed, you know, president. when he stands up there he has a lot of information at his fingertips. it is one of the characteristics of vladimir putin's events. i mean that's why he's able and willing to do events like this, that last, you know, several hours. i mean last year it lasted three hours. it's lasted longer than that in the past, because he does have a
very high degree of command over facts. but, you know, he often talks about the economy. he's going to be talking, i expect, about international terrorism, and we have the assassination of the ambassador from russia to turkey just, what is it? four days ago now. he may well bring up that issue. it is also an opportunity for, you know, people to -- or journalists to throw him sort of random questions, perhaps about his personal life, which is normally off limits when it comes to talking about vladimir putin. so it will be interesting to watch. >> many people will be keeping watch on that news conference. you say last year some three hours, and of course many people will keep an eye on donald trump's twitter account as well. matthew chance live for us in moscow. thank you. there's new evidence russia was behind the hacking of the dnc. the cyber committee that first investigated the hack say the same hackers have been targeting the ukrainian military. claire sebastian reports from
washington. >> in the summer of 2015 you have the initial intrusion into the dnc from kosovo. >> reporter: the anatomy of a cyberattack that shifted the world's view of the russian threat. this is the washington d.c. office of die me try povoch, who was hired by the democratic national committee. >> we were brought in in may. that's when we discovered that fancy bear and kozi bear were inside. >> two separate hacker groups, both believed to be connect canned to russian intelligence. russia repeatedly denied this. yet using their software called falcon cloud strike was able to imbed in the network. >> this is a chain of commands they're executing. >> reporter: when the president-elect says you have to catch them in the act? >> we did. we caught them in the act. >> reporter: he grow up in the soviet union, moving to the u.s. as a teenagers in the 1990s.
he says it wasn't the breach that shocked him but what happened next. >> july right before the democratic convention, wikileaks discloses a lot of the e-mails from the dnc. >> reporter: had you ever seen this happen before, anything like this? >> well, actually we've observed just this type of behavior in ukraine. the russians hacked into political parties of opposition candidates in ukraine, they leaked their e-mails and documents, but i never thought they would do it to the united states. i didn't think they would have the gall to do that. >> reporter: the hack on the dnc computer network and the timed release of information found there revealed not only the growing power of russia in cyber space but also raised questions as to whether the u.s. and other countries had underestimated this threat. questions that are dividing washington. >> they are ahead of us in many respects in this whole issue of cyber warfare, perhaps the only area where our adversaries have an advantage over us. >> if the russians want to have
a cyber war in that regard, i feel confident that we are the best and we can do what we need to do in that regard. >> reporter: gregory meeks chairs a congressional committee on europe, your asia and emerging threats. >> we have big elections coming up in europe in 2017, and it seems to me the only one with an interest to see a divide between the european countries and the united states or the west in general to try to up their power is russia. so we've got to make sure we send a strong message back to them. >> reporter: so far, he says the message is not getting through. >> fancy bear we've seen a pick up in their activity after the election, but now targeting europe. i now think it is likely that the same play book they've executed successfully against the u.s. will be playing out in all of those countries in the coming year, and i'm not sure that the europeans are prepared for it. >> reporter: a play book where he says hacking is a means to an end. the real weapon in this cyber war is information.
cnn, washington. >> it is a new world order with that, you know, when it comes to cyber and russia. certainly has sophistication there. the question is will we see this play out again in other nations? >> can we stay ahead of them. still ahead here on news room, stilling details from the huge fireworks explosion many of you saw in mexico. >> what one survivor went through to save his elderly mother. that's coming up.
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there is outrage in the u.s. state of texas after a police officer arrested a mother who called to complain that a neighbor allegedly assaulted her young son. the relative of the woman uploaded this video you see on facebook. it all happened wednesday in ft. worth. >> the officer approached the mother, who told him the neighbor choked her son, her seven-year-old because he reportedly littered. here is what happened next. >> why don't you teach your son
not to litter? >> uh, i didn't. he can't prove to me my son littered. but it doesn't matter if he did or didn't, it doesn't give him the right to put his hands on him. >> why not. >> because it don't. >> why not. >> because he don't. >> this man just asked my mama why doesn't this white man not have the -- >> you asked me why don't i teach him. you don't know what i teach him. whatever you team your kids don't mean they don't go by your rules when they're not in your sight. >> how do you know that? >> because you just [ bleep ] me. >> if you yell at me you're going to [ bleep ] me off, too. >> we are on live. don't grab her, don't grab her! don't grab her! do not grab her! you're on live. you're on live! you can just see how horrific that turned out. the young woman in pink was her daughter just trying to help her mother, and then the officer
arrested the mother and her two daughters but not the neighbor who allegedly choked her boy. >> right. just looking at that video, many people, you know, there's a sense of frustration that boiled over. especially in ft. worth thursday night. the officer has been placed on restricted duty and the police department though says this in part. we acknowledge that the initial appearance of the video may raise serious questions. we ask that our investigators are given the time and opportunity to thoroughly examine this incident and to submit their findings. it is a story, of course, that we will continue to fall as well. at least 35 people are now confirmed dead from that massive fireworks explosion in mexico, dozens escaped the tuesday blast but many are now recovering from serious injuries. >> cnn's leila santiago met with one survivor thankful to have survived. >> reporter: seeing something like this is tough to watch.
for my geg seeing the video is tough to watch. he can't watch the entire video and he doesn't need to. he was there. so miguel is telling me that he thought he was dead, but thank god he wasn't. when miguel heard the explosion tuesday afternoon his instinct told him to run but he couldn't leave behind his 84-year-old mother. he went back to help her. [speaking foreign language]. >> of. >> reporter: and that's when he as they were getting out together something struck him in the arm. [speaking foreign language]. >> reporter: his mother then fell down. struck by debris they waited for rescue together, and he remembers thinking his single mother never abandoned him. this time he was not about to abandon her. and then his nephew and some other coworkers came in and they had to take him out carrying him and his mother as well.
she is in the hospital in stable condition now. the two had been selling fireworks as one of hundreds of vendors in the famous san tab letab -- san pablito markets. days ago it was called one of the safest in north america, yet he lived through blasts that rocked the market in 2005 and 2016. i'm asking him if he would go back to work. and he says yeah, that's what they live off of and that's what they will keep -- that's the industry in which they'll keep working. he lives just a mile away from the fireworks market. this is a market that sells nearly 100 tons of fireworks annually. this industry, he explains, defines who they are, who he is. his family depends on it. so he plans to continue this life once he can overcome the physical pain and the emotional pain. >> reporter: he tells me he is crying not only for himself but the lives that were lost and all
sind ee stole has been one of the most popular members of jeopardy. >> she showed remarkable poise and strength as she fought a hopeless case of cancer while competing. she lost her life recently, just days before her six-game winning streak aired on television. cnn's rachel rain has more. >> cindy, congratulations, young lady. >> reporter: cindy stowell did not live to see her episodes air, but her jeopardy" journey and winning streak captivated the nation. >> even when you think the odds are completely against you, somehow, you know, via luck or something things can work out. >> reporter: stowell left behind some inspiring words in a video "jeopardy" released on social media. she also emotionally reveals her illness and her last wish. >> i wanted to donate a lot of the money to cancer research,
partly because this is hard and i'm sorry. maybe i should pause or something like that, but i'm dying of cancer, and i really would like the money that i win to be used to help others, and so this seems like a good opportunity. >> reporter: stowell lost her battle with stage 4 cancer at 41, just eight days before her episode starting airing. but her legacy including leaving her winnings, over $1 h00,000 t cancer research. a developer was a lifelong "jeopardy" fan. >> i remember in ninth grade i tried out for the teen tournament and didn't pass the written exam. >> reporter: flash forward decades later and she passed the online test to become a contestant. she reached out to producers knowing her time was limited. in an e-mail she wrote, do you have any idea how long it
typically takes between in-person interview and taping date? i asked because i just found out i don't have too much longer to live. producers were able to expedite her taping, and just three weeks later stowell was onset. during that experience cindy had a fever and was on pain pills, yet she persevered and managed to keep her condition hidden from her competitors. >> when the lights were on i think call it a surge of adrenaline or what, she was able to sort of fight through all that was going on. >> reporter: host alex trebek paid tribute to the champ after her seventh and final appearance aired. >> from us at "jeopardy" our condolences to her family and friends. >> we have a legacy of her and it is a great way she was able to leave something to be remembered by. >> reporter: rachel crane, cnn, new york. ♪ >> how about that one? thanks for watching. i'm natalie allen. >> i'm george howell. ""early start"" is here for viewerness the united states.
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